Overcoming Depression

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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Many techniques exist for overcoming depression. These range from the use of medications, to the use of herbal supplements, to involvement in behavioral and cognitive therapy, to various relaxation and self-help techniques, such as self-hypnosis. Depression exists in many forms, and is often a highly personalized disorder. Different methods of overcoming depression may be more effective for some people than for others, and experimentation is encouraged as a means to determine the most suitable match.

Many patients initially experience difficulty in their attempts to overcome depression, as the condition itself tends to contradict the treatment. For example, most antidepressant medications must be taken for several weeks in order to build up in the bloodstream before they will begin having any effect at all. During these weeks, the medication dosage is frequently adjusted to suit the individual's reactions. As a result, the physical side effects associated with these medications tend to occur at their strongest and most frequent during this stage of adjustment.

Challenges of Overcoming Depression

Individuals attempting to overcome depression must often deal with these side effects. The side effects might include nausea, sleep disturbances, fatigue, paranoia, feelings of worthlessness, dizziness, disorientation, sexual dysfunction, and many others. The intensity and discomfort of these side effects might prompt an individual, whose perspective is already skewed because of the depression, to abandon treatment all together. This is why one of the first steps in overcoming depression is to develop the skills to maintain a clear perspective, even in the midst of depression symptoms.

Many people, when first attempting to overcome depression, seem to benefit by taking detailed stock of their situation and of themselves. This helps them to have a clear overview from the start, and is usually best accomplished by the use of written lists. Achievements, goals, milestones, and other personal information are recorded in clearly written lists. These lists are then used as a focal point to return to throughout the course of the treatment.

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